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The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would refuse to hold elections in 2015 in states under emergency rule. The governor of Borno state objected, saying that suspending elections during emergency rule because of Boko Haram would be a setback in the fight against terror.
Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the Dec. 2 Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri. At least 25 Boko Haram fighters were killed yesterday near the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway; an unconfirmed report stated that six Boko Haram fighters were arrested in connection to the attack.
At least nine people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack along the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway. The military has claimed that Boko Haram is forcefully conscripting in Borno to replenish its numbers.
President Jonathan has given his support to the creation of an African rapid response force that could help fight Boko Haram. A Human Rights Commission is investigating rights abuses and illegal detention centers used to imprison suspected Boko Haram fighters.
According to President Jonathan, the Maiduguri attack confirms Boko Haram's external sponsorship, and that poverty is not a factor in the insurgency. Borno state's governor will give N100 million in compensation to Boko Haram victims. Borno has faced an upsurge in suspected Boko Haram abductions along a major motorway.
Investigations have begun into suspected Boko Haram collaborators within the military after the Maiduguri attack. An interim report regarding a probe has been written, and President Jonathan will soon be briefed.
A Defense Headquarters Joint Investigation Team has recommended that Nigeria immediately try 500 of the 1,400 Boko Haram suspects detained in and around Maiduguri. It also recommended releasing another 167, while 614 whose cases were inconclusive have been recommended for review.
The government will seek foreign help in training and information-sharing, but has ruled out seeking military assistance to fight terrorism after the latest Boko Haram raid. One of Nigeria's largest opposition parties has called for a probe into intelligence failures before the attack, and questioned how several hundred militants could strike a military facility in a large city without prior warning. The trial of 17 suspected Boko Haram members in Lagos will be held behind closed doors.
State Security Services (SSS) have been ordered to produce a Federal High Court order that allowed them to detain suspected Boko Haram cleric Muhammad Nazeef Yunus for another 45 days. The Army has recently acquired new arms and ammunition to help in the fight against Boko Haram.
It has been claimed that the military killed over 100 Boko Haram militants in Borno state last night. The Nigerian army said that it does not plan to reopen blocked cell phone networks in Borno anytime soon. A sectarian crisis is brewing in Plateau state, where Fulani herdsmen have killed 37 people in four largely Berom villages. The cattle-herding Fulani are mostly Muslim, and most Berom are Christian.
12 Nigerians were killed over the weekend when suspected Boko Haram militants raided a village in northeastern Nigeria. The ongoing insurgency has led the International Criminal Court to officially designate Nigeria as embroiled in a civil war.
The family of alleged Boko Haram cell leader Muhammad Nazeef protested his arrest, claiming he was "set up." Boko Haram killed at least six people and injured many more during an attack that lasted several hours in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state. Police closed all roads leading out of Yola as they pursued the attackers.